Cinnamon Janzer

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Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. Her first job was at a buffet in Mandan, North Dakota which was just as lowbrow as it sounds. Read more about her at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.

6 ways to show appreciation to employees

November 20, 2018

6 Ways To Show Appreciation to Employees

What better time is there to show appreciation for your employees than during the holiday season? Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder to communicate gratitude to friends and family– but it doesn’t have to stop there. Bring that positive feedback to the office with these 6 ways to show appreciation to employees. A small, personalized gift […]

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Michelles law effects working students

November 20, 2018

What is Michelle’s Law?

Hiring your first few employees is a major milestone. And while it’s an exciting time, it can also be stressful to navigate the rules that regulate employment in the United States– trust us, there are a lot of them. From health benefits and sexual harassment laws to payroll taxes, there’s a lot to keep track of. And these are all complicated […]

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how to hire seasonal workers

November 19, 2018

Hiring Seasonal Workers is Becoming More Difficult for Small Businesses. Heres How to Stay Competitive.

For many small businesses, hiring seasonal workers can make or break their success. Whether the work is seasonal due to tourism seasons, holiday seasons, or anything in between, it’s seasonal workers who get businesses through their busiest times. However, many small businesses also struggle with hiring seasonal employees. The labor market is tight and small […]

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how to support your local businesses on small business saturday

November 14, 2018

5 Ways to Support Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are just around the corner and, as any small business owner knows, that means Small Business Saturday, this year on November 24th, is near. There are all kinds of ways that small business owners can promote their business, but fewer talk about how small business owners can support […]

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what is civic time off?

November 6, 2018

What is Civic Time Off? Behind the New Fringe Benefit

A major responsibility that accompanies living in a democracy is civic engagement– including voting! However, participation in things like voting, volunteering for a candidate, attending a school board meeting, and canvassing can be tough to schedule around a full-time job, let alone the multiple jobs that many Americans have these days. One way that a variety […]

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Whats the difference between an HMO vs PPO vs POS

November 6, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an HMO, PPO and POS?

One thing is true across the board about health insurance in the United States—it’s a complicated system to navigate, to say the least. Between benefits tied to various jobs, employees coming and going, and endless policy changes, it can be a lot to keep up with. However, there are a few things that won’t be changing […]

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what to office gift your manager

November 5, 2018

What to Gift Your Office Manager

The weather is getting colder by the day, which means that the holiday season is descending upon us quickly. Whether you picked your manager for the gift exchange, or you simply want to thank her for the year of hard work, selecting an office-appropriate present can be challenging. Here are our tips for choosing that perfect office […]

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music in the workplace

November 1, 2018

Can Music in the Workplace Boost Productivity?

As the modern workplace diverges more from the cubicle-filled office space of the past, employers are having to make increasingly interesting and previously unimagined choices about what they want their business’s office environment to look, feel, and even sound like. For example, whether or not to play music in the workplace is a hotly debated […]

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disability enrollment

October 30, 2018

How Does Disability Enrollment Work?

In the U.S. we have two federal programs—Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs—designed to provide assistance for those with disabilities. “While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either […]

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compressed 9/80 work week

October 29, 2018

Breaking Down the 9/80 Work Week and What It Means for Employers

The traditional 40-hour work week has been the schedule model since the 1940’s. Around that time, Ford scaled back from a 48 to a 40-hour workweek because, “too many hours were bad for workers’ productivity.” Traditional workplaces are changing in all sorts of ways,  from unique fringe benefits to working from home options. Similarly, the 40-hour work week […]

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onboarding personal information

October 24, 2018

What Personal Information Do I Need to Collect from New Hires?

Hiring employees, especially for the first time as a burgeoning small business, can be a daunting task. With strict government processes and contracts involved, complications are aplenty. Once your bases are covered you can integrate those new hires with ease. From the documents you need, to what information you should avoid asking your employees, we’ll […]

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FSA employer contribution limits

October 24, 2018

FSA Employer Contribution Rules

A flexible spending account, or FSA for short, is offered by many businesses. As Healthcare.gov explains, “A Flexible Spending Account (also known as a flexible spending arrangement) is a special account you put money into that you use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs.” The most notable part being, “companies don’t pay taxes […]

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